Meanwhile, back in Thailand...
Thailand's prime minister has admitted for the first time that he is also a British citizen, which opponents believe makes him liable for prosecution for alleged human rights abuses during a recent crackdown on anti-government protests.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva publicly acknowledged his dual nationality on Thursday during a debate in parliament. He automatically holds British citizenship because he was born in Newcastle upon Tyne to parents from a well-to-do Bangkok family. He would have to specifically renounce it to lose it. ...
He also said he had never hidden his support for Newcastle United football club.
The Thais, apparently, are football-mad. For English teams!
But there are more serious undertones to the issue, with his political foes claiming that as a British citizen, Abhisit can be sued in the international criminal court for alleged abuses committed when the Thai military forcibly put down anti-government protests in Bangkok last year. About 90 people were killed during two months of demonstrations and unrest.
His citizenship is important because of a complicated point of international law raised by a lawyer for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Abhisit's political enemy.
The lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, is seeking to bring the case to the international criminal court in The Hague, but because Thailand is not a signatory to the treaty empowering the court it cannot be held to account. Amsterdam claims, however, that Abhisit, as a British citizen, can be held liable by the court because Britain is a signatory.
What a terrible thing to have a war criminal for a President!